A Better Approach to Supply Chain Segmentation?


Most companies segment their supply chain by breaking it down according to operational and logistical metrics. But there is another way to segment supply chains that begins with the customer. Gartner research director Jennifer Loveland calls it end-to-end segmentation, where you determine first what your customers want, then create end-to-end models—from sales through sourcing, delivery, and customer service—to serve them.

5 Tips for Supply Chain Planning in a Turbulent Environment


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Immediate Supply Chain Decisions for “Non-Essential” Manufacturers


The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has created profound uncertainty, and catapulted the vulnerabilities of interconnected supply chains front and center. Supply chain managers who are experiencing supply risks, demand uncertainty, and “wait and see” leadership directives are asking: What should I do now? Contingency plans need to be … The post Immediate Supply Chain Decisions for “Non-Essential” Manufacturers appeared first on Chainalytics.

Supply Chain Segmentation: One Size Doesn’t Fit All


Last month JDA teamed up with IndustryWeek and Altera Corporation to present a Webcast on the topic of supply chain segmentation titled: One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Altera’s Supply Chain Segmentation Journey to Profitable Growth. I’d like to point out a few highlights from the webcast that are useful for today’s manufacturing and distribution supply chain professionals. Featured Manufacturing Supply Chain

The New Secret Weapon of Supply Chain


Yet a century later, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to supply chain has persisted well beyond its apparent sell-by date. For example, a survey of 100 organizations found that only 8% of manufacturers had achieved an advanced segmentation capability.

Why Segmentation and Profitability Go Hand in Hand


The Aberdeen Supply Chain Summit in Chicago earlier this month was a productive event for supply chain executives and practitioners. The conference format and size were just right to allow comfortable sharing of ideas and lessons learned about various topics from S&OP and supply chain planning, to inventory optimization and transportation. For example, one of the participants in the session shared that his company has four supply chains.

My Biggest Mistake: Inventory Levels are the Thermometer for the Management of the Company


As a Phd in inventory optimization, I’ve started my supply chain career in adjusting inventory parameters with surgical precision. I was, and I still am passionate about applying statistics and advanced analytics to the supply chain domain. I’m still training supply chain experts on how to do this. With a master mathematics, 5 years of experience in IT and an ongoing MBA, I arrived in the supply chain domain 13 years ago.

How to Attain “Stage 4” Supply Chain Planning Maturity


Gartner has identified five stages of supply chain planning maturity and they say that 70-80% of companies plan to increase their supply chain planning (SCP) technology spend over the next two years to climb to the next level. In their recent report titled Carefully Assess Which Tools Are Right for Each Stage of Supply Chain Planning Maturity (20 October 2017, Tim Payne & Amber Salley), the analyst firm describes the right tools to get from one level to the next.

Becoming demand-driven on command

Supply Chain Movement

My hand was enjoying the warmth from the porcelain coffee cup and I was loving the solitude when a supply chain leader approached me with a cup of tea in his hand. Translate independent demand into a product segmentation strategy. Understand the length of your product tail, and use this insight to design the supply chain segmentation strategy to manage manufacturing processes (outsourced or insourced). Actively design the supply chain.

4 Characteristics of the Evolution of the Supply Chain


by Alexa Cheater It’s Time for the Evolution of Supply Chain: 4 Characteristics to Watch for With Supply Chain 2.0. The decades-old challenge of supply chain is now more difficult to solve than ever before. With complexity growing, an evolution of the supply chain needs to begin now. According to global services firm Accenture, the answer lies in the evolution of supply chain. It lies in Supply Chain 2.0!

7 Supply Chain Challenges That Exist Today

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This heightens the need for having a global procurement network which can support and respond to a company’s supply chain needs in a timely manner. A lean manufacturing environment should involve a shorter lead time, lesser inventory and improved throughput. A consolidated supplier base eliminates variances in inventory and reduces overheads, particularly for the supply of C-parts.

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Avoid “Lost in Translation”. Monetize S&OP to Include Finance.


Finance speaks a different language than supply chain. But by monetizing Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), supply chain planners can speak the language of finance while developing S&OP into a more mature process. It’s a problem of “lost in translation”—the differing lingo used by the finance side versus planning, supply, production and logistics. The language of finance is numbers, but they’re different numbers than the ones used by supply chain.

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It’s Time for Supply Chain 2.0! 4 Characteristics to Watch For


This age-old challenge of supply chain is now more difficult to address than ever before. With complexity growing exponentially, supply chains and their associated capabilities need to start evolving now. According to Accenture, the answer lies in supply chain evolution. It’s Supply Chain 2.0! So what is Supply Chain 2.0? Hajibashi and Bhatti describe the characteristics of Supply Chain 2.0 The Supply Chain 2.0

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Agility Does Not Grow on Trees: Start Building Today

Supply Chain Shaman

As demand and supply volatility increases, the goal is to build a flexible supply chain system. The definition is one that can deliver the same cost, quality and level of customer service with the increase in demand and supply volatility. Today, based on recent research, less than 30% of supply chain leaders have a supply chain that they consider to be agile. Supply Chain Agility: Techniques and Effectiveness.

Five reasons why our supply chains aren’t demand driven

The Network Effect

It is difficult to come across many supply chain leaders today who do not subscribe to the principle of Demand-Driven Supply Chains. As supply chain experts we continue to write about, provide webinars, present at conferences, and assist numerous client companies to progress towards the Demand-Driven Supply Chain model. Software suppliers have promoted and developed software to help enable the Demand-Driven Supply Chain model.

Building your Supply Chain Strategy: The Five Tenets of High-Performing Supply Chains


The last 15 years have been a rollercoaster for supply chain professionals as companies embraced supply chain innovation, moving up the five steps of the supply chain maturity curve, supported by new technologies. During this time, JDA mirrored this vision of supply chain strategy that fosters competitive advantage and profitable growth based on the five tenets of high-performing supply chains.

Omnichannel Retail Requires Close Collaboration with Logistics Providers

Enterra Insights

The next time you feel the need to toast someone, raise your glass to all the supply chain professionals involved in omnichannel retail operations. To meet consumer needs, everyone in the supply chain needs to work harmoniously together or risk bad reviews and loss of business. Lack of Inventory Visibility and Metrics. Carrying inventory is a necessary evil. Too much inventory means profits are eaten away by storage costs.

Good Safety is Good Business at the LogiChem 2015 Conference

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I always come back from these conferences inspired and fascinated at how diligent chemical supply chain managers must be to mitigate risk and adverse events. At LogiChem, attendees interacted through roundtables and panel discussions on topics that identified best practices around inventory and supply chain metrics, third party logistics provider (3PL) management, rail logistics strategy to combat the driver shortage dilemma, and a host of other topics.

Order Promising and Demand Shaping in a Segmented, Omni-Channel World


In a segmented, omni-channel world, available-to-promise (ATP) is seeing a renaissance. Omni-channel profitability for retailers and other value chain participants will increasingly depend on a matrix of available-to-promise possibilities across the various supply chain entities that make, move, and store inventory. This capability was particularly powerful for high tech manufacturers, whose inventory value decreased on average one half of one percent per week.

The Best Gift This Holiday Season: Personalized Logistics

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Today’s supply chains are facing similar challenges with personalizing logistics operations for customers. Let’s look at some key steps on the journey to a customer-focused supply chain. Segment customers to match incentives to needs. One of the dangers in servicing omni-channel orders from traditional supply chains is continuing to treat your customers like one big, homogeneous mass.

The 6 W’s of Supply Chain Planning Systems of Record


The 6 W’s of Supply Chain Planning Systems of Record. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “supply chain planning system of record,” it is essentially the one place where an organization can bring together all supply chain data and plan its enterprise operations. Given that supply chain management is a continuous journey, when is the right time to establish a planning system of record? Multi-tier supply chain.

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Key Manufacturing Takeaways from FocusConnect 2016


Tasked with figuring out what drones mean in a warehouse environment, he dismissed the common preconception that drones will soon be carrying items around warehouses (they are too heavy), and explained how they will instead be used for scanning codes to monitor inventory levels. The supply chain of the future. Supply chain segmentation in Europe.

Building Your Supply Chain Strategy: Defining Customer-Centric Supply Chain Design for Manufacturing Companies


In Part I of my Supply Chain Strategy series, I explained why the five tenets of High-Performing Supply Chains remain a great starting point to build your supply chain strategy. In Part II I explained how seeking inspiration from retailers can help manufacturing companies move beyond supply chain segmentation to embrace customer-centricity. This post will explore the three capabilities essential to supply chain redesign.

Clorox Successfully Implements a Program for Value Chain Segmentation

Supply Chain Shaman

Mark Hersh (shown here) is now a Director of Supply Chain Strategy at Clorox while Dave retired in 2018. Mark and Dave, both career Clorox employees, drove a program to customize the supply chain response using Value Chain Segmentation. Designing a Fit For Purpose Supply Chain. Value Chain segmentation—designing a fit for purpose supply chain—was the focus of the strategy day workshop. Map of Segmentation.

The Manufacturing Industry is Changing Fast — How Prepared are You?


Agility will be a key factor, as manufacturers will need to be able to quickly shift their manufacturing strategy and supply chain processes to address market changes. Relying on inventory as a buffer will no longer be effective from a cost or customer service perspective. As omni-channel continues to grow, the challenges of where, when and how much inventory is staged will require increased visibility and collaboration.

Logistics Center of Excellence: Delivering Value to Organizations

Talking Logistics

Perhaps the most overworked word in the supply chain management lexicon is “visibility.” Yet it’s difficult to overstate the importance of a view into what’s going on in the supply chain. At the same time, the value of supply chain visibility is lessened if it isn’t comprehensive – encompassing the supply chain from one end to the other, from upstream to downstream. The right data enables better scheduling and use of supply chain assets. “A

JDA’s Project with SanDisk, a Western Digital Brand, Recognized for Its Impressive Supply Chain Transformation


Supply & Demand Chain Executive recently announced its annual list of the best 100 supply chain transformations and projects that deliver bottom-line value to small, medium and large enterprises across a wide range of supply chain functions. land a spot on the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 for 2016. Highlights from SanDisk’s supply chain transformation.

Prologis predicts COVID-19 will act as spur to warehousing sector


The predict that accelerated e-commerce adoption and higher inventory levels could mean an additional 150 million square feet is required per year over the next three years in the US market alone. In the report, Prologis noted that “The pandemic will add demand tailwinds to logistics real … as companies adjust to higher e-commerce volumes and higher inventory levels. They note that retailer inventories-to-sales ratio fell from an average of 1.65

Building Your Supply Chain Strategy: The Customer-Centric Journey Towards Supply Chain Excellence


Building a High-Performing and Profitable Supply Chain. In Part I of my Supply Chain Strategy series, I explained why the five tenets of High-Performing Supply Chains remain a great starting point to build your supply chain strategy. For many manufacturing companies, developing a customer-centric supply chain can be a long and daunting journey. Figure 4 – Maturity Model for Customer-Centric Supply Chains.

Resilient and Cost Efficient Supply Chains

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Discussion Questions: Carefully explain the difference between a “resilient” and an “efficient” supply chain. What strategies do the authors suggest for making a supply chain both “resilient” and “efficient” at the same time? Supply Chains Can Be Both Resilient and Cost Efficient. The problem, according to the authors, is that protective measures can be at odds with supply chain managers’ goal of improving cost efficiency.

Secret Confessions of a Supply Chain Junkie


The beauty of the supply chain is all around us. I guess I’m a supply chain junkie…can’t get enough of it. There are tons of articles, white papers and blogs about today’s supply chain challenges: globalization, off-shore manufacturing, supply chain segmentation, big data, mobility, social media, price optimization, warehouse throughput, labor scheduling and in-store picking. My eleven year old son gets supply chain!!

Real Results Magazine: Must-Have Tips to Boost Your Supply Chain


In each issue we aim to cover a cross-section of topics that span regions, industry verticals and business functions with a goal of introducing strategies and best practices that resonate with a broad cross-section of supply chain practitioners. As such, the latest issue offers stories on a cross section of international companies who are impacting real change in their companies through the use of supply chain solutions. What’s on your summer reading list?

The State of Supply Chain Management: An Interview with CSCMP’s Rick Blasgen, Part II


In anticipation of his presentation at JDA’s Innovation Day in Chicago on September 10, Supply Chain Nation sat down with Rick Blasgen, President and CEO of CSCMP, as part of our Expert Insight series to get a preview of his presentation on the State of Supply Chain Management. In part one of our conversation we covered the evolution of supply chain management, how supply chain practices vary around the world, and what has driven the near-shoring trend.

Supply Chain Management:Is Agile methodology a good solution for.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

TradeEdge – Demand Chain Management. Supply Chain Management. The Infosys global supply chain management blog enables leaner supply chains through process and IT related interventions. Discuss the latest trends and solutions across the supply chain management landscape. « Adding intelligence in the Forecasting process to support Supply Chain Segmentation | Main | Is Customization a Boon or Bane?

Think Differently. Drive New Outcomes. Let Us Help You Build A Guiding Coalition.

Supply Chain Insights

At this time of year, we find many companies planning workshops to stimulate thinking on building a digital supply chain and igniting next-generation supply chain thinking. Understand inventory write-offs, impact of forecast processes and technology satisfaction in the planning benchmarking. Customer-Centric Supply Chain Research. The activity helps employees better understand the value of outside-in processes and supply chain processes.